Media, Mountains and Architecture

Date: Tuesday 21 February 2006
Time: 00:00
Running time: 80 mins
'Media, mountains and architecture are interfaces of three inhabitable natural realms: the digital, the natural, and the artificial. Three manifestations that call for a new organization of the way they interact: the physical world is transformed by the emergence of the digital world; the constructed environment is transformed by what used previously to be called "natural"; the digital develops its own internal laws and builds its own operative world. All three phenomena vibrate simultaneously when faced with any kind of human action. My projects explore people's capacity to construct an inhabitable environment by assuming this new threeway interaction. Starting from the hypothesis that the end purpose of architecture is not (solely) to build but also to define environments where human life can be organized, I work as much through action as through omission; with stones as well as with glass and "bits"; in urban and rural territories; and in the physical and virtual worlds.' Vicente Guallart is co-founder of the Barcelona practice Why Art Projects and of the Metapolis group. He is co-director of the Media house project and director of the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, as well as co-author of the Metapolis Dictionary of Advanced Architecture.

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The Architectural Association receives Taught Degree Awarding Powers by the Lords of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council.

The Architectural Association (AA), the oldest independent school of architecture in the United Kingdom, is pleased to announce that it has been granted the power to award its own degrees. As of 1 October 2019, the AA has the right to establish new academic programmes and degree awards and is working to create some of the world’s most pioneering courses in architecture to shape and build the future.

Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP) give UK higher education institutions the right to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Prospective students worldwide can apply to the AA Foundation Course (Foundation Certificate), Experimental Programme BA(Hons), Diploma Programme (MArch), and nine taught postgraduate programmes encompassing History and Critical Thinking in Architecture (MA), Projective Cities (Taught MPhil) and Sustainable Environmental Design (MSc/MArch), amongst others.

AA Director, Eva Franch said, ‘since our founding in 1847 we have never ceased to create new horizons, institutionally and academically. This is a significant milestone for the AA and demonstrates how we have grown and progressed as an institution that has always valued independence. Receiving TDAP marks a new era for our institution; these are exciting times for the AA. The process has required considerable work from all members of staff and students. I would like to take this opportunity to credit them for this major achievement’.

President of the AA Council, Victoria Thornton added, ‘the TDAP process has recognised our strong governance, academic standards, scholarship and teaching as well as the environment supporting the delivery of taught higher education programmes’.

The School’s application for Taught Degree Awarding Powers was supported by the Architects Registration Board, the Royal Institute of British Architects and The Open University.